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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5529


Senator JOYCE (QueenslandLeader of The Nationals in the Senate) (12:08): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement of no longer than two minutes.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator JOYCE: Thank you very much, Mr President. I want it noted that the coalition voted no on that motion. It is an issue of great concern to so many people on this side. Those who delivered their names to be noted as voting no, amongst so many others who would say no, are: Senator Boswell, who holds this issue extremely near and dear to his honourable time in this place; Senator Bernardi; Senator Abetz; Senator Sinodinos; Senator Cormann; Senator Fierravanti-Wells; Senator Bushby; Senator Parry; Senator Cash; Senator Smith; Senator 'Wacca' Williams; myself and many others. We find it extremely concerning when issues which should rightly be the realm of conscience votes come in here and start to be shanghaied around. I think we deserve the dignity of time and consideration that these issues undoubtedly require.